Category Archives: Websites

The Worlds Biggest Websites had Humble Beginings

Google back in 1998

The internet’s favourite websites don’t look like they used to. Time has changed them all with maybe the exception of Wikipedia. Here are a few of the most famous. – Deskarati

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This Tube Map Is Not an Image, Just Pure Code

tube map

This version (click to see it) of London’s iconic tube map looks just like the official PDF of the transport network — but in fact it is created entirely from HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. That’s a pretty insane feat. Its creator, freelance web developer John Galantini, has recreated every symbol, line, circle and piece of text using HTML and CSS. Each subway line is, in fact, an unordered list, with stations positioned in relation to each other using CSS. The map took 120 hours work over … Continue reading

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Wikipedia hits defining moment in social Web era

Wikipedias Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia, the public knowledge website, is more than a decade old and remains among the top 10 Internet sites in the world, but some say it is becoming old and dowdy. Others want to keep it that way. At the “Wikimania” event held in Washington over the past week, several hundred members of the “wiki” community gathered for talks about the site and a two-day “hackathon,” aimed at improving Wikipedia. Some in attendance said Wikipedia, the free, open-source online encyclopedia which … Continue reading

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Google plots Hurricane Irene with online map


Internet giant Google has rolled out an online map tracking the path of Hurricane Irene and providing other useful information about the storm headed for the US east coast. The map, located at, is a product of the Google Crisis Response team, which provides online tools to help with relief efforts following natural disasters. The map displays three- to five-day forecasts for Hurricane Irene, shows evacuation routes and which coastal areas of the eastern United States are in danger of … Continue reading

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Virgin Oceanic

Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Southern California, the University of Hawaii and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute are partnering with Virgin Oceanic on this unique and exciting expedition. For the first time, the deepest trenches in each of the five oceans will be available for surveying, mapping and sampling from an occupied submersible. No current human-occupied submersibles can dive deeper than 6,500 meters (21,325 feet), so most of the oceans’ trenches have only been explored … Continue reading

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TomTom live traffic is free


Tomtom’s new live traffic site is now available for free. Take a look here tomtom – Deskarati -

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Weather details from the day you were born


WeatherSpark is a new type of weather website, with interactive weather graphs that allow you to pan and zoom through the entire history of any weather station on earth. Get multiple forecasts for the current location, overlaid on records and averages to put it all in context. Via kottle

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New company uses Internet to predict the future

Using information trawled from the internet using websites, Twiiter, blogs etc. this new start up company suggests that it can predict the future. With backing from the CIA and Google perhaps they are onto something – Deskarati New company Recorded Future uses the term “temporal analytics” to describe what it does. It extracts information including entities, events and the time that these events occur from the thousands of news publications, blogs, niche sources, trade publications, government web sites, financial databases and … Continue reading

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Sistine Chapel Panorama


The Vatican’s official website now has a scrollable, zoom-able 360º panorama of the Sistine Chapel. Now the most gorgeous chapel in the world is available to us all. Just click on the picture above and you will be taken to this beautiful site – Deskarati

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Happy Birthday Wikipedia


Wikipedia is ten years old today. Happy Birthday from Deskarati and all our readers. Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 17 million articles (over 3.5 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site. Wikipedia was launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, ranking eighth among … Continue reading

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Google’s Body Browser

body browser

Google’s already taken you across the globe, down to the bottom of the ocean, and out to the mountains of Mars. It’s been a vaguely educational journey! Their next frontier: the human body, with Google Body Browser. The Body Browser, is an explorable 3D model of human anatomy, from the skeleton and muscles to the circulatory and nervous systems. It’s currently in Google Labs and requires a web browser with WebGL support for perusal (Chrome beta, Firefox 4.0b1). They might wanna change that … Continue reading

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World of Science


Deskarati recommends: Eric Weisstein’s World of Science contains budding encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography,chemistry, and physics. This resource has been assembled over more than a decade by internet encyclopedist Eric W. Weisstein with assistance from the internet community, it is written and maintained by the author as a public service for scientific knowledge and education. Although it is often difficult to find explanations for technical subjects that are both clear and accessible, this web site bridges the gap by placing an interlinked framework of mathematical exposition … Continue reading

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